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    Fred, if you can find Putney Swope, it's hysterical. 1960's sensibility. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putney_Swope

    My guiltiest pleasure is the Original Woody Allen/David Niven Casino Royale. Also very 1960's sensibility.

    And I think everyone should see Alexander Nevsky for the music as much as much as the movie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larksmom View Post
    Is with Cary Grant, and it is Christmas I think, and he is engaged to her stuffy sister, and of course, they fall in love.
    Yes, that's the one.

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    I hated Blood Simple. It was one of two movies I ever walked out on. The other was the Wicker man. creepy!
    How funny tastes are! Blood Simple is a favorite AND I walked out on The Wicker Man. Stupid AND creepy. The only other movie I've ever walked out on is Atonement and gosh that was LOVED by so many.

    I also remembered Serenity -- wish it hadn't been such a "small" movie because I'm still praying for a sequel.
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    Thanks for that suggestion and link, viney, I'll look for it.

    The only movie I can remember walking out on, I can't even remember the name.
    Starred Oliver Reed, was shot in colour, but everything was black and white except the blood.

    A few (ok all) of the Roman Polanski movies, left me shaking my head.
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    Some of my favorite small or limited release films (beware, I love movies!):

    Let the Right One In - the original film, not the Hollywood remake
    Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy
    Moon
    City of God
    Downfall
    Imaginarium of Dr Parnasuss
    The Lives of Others
    Layer Cake
    Snatch
    In Bruges
    The Fountain
    Brick
    The Changeling (the one from the 80's)
    A Little Princess (not the Shirley Temple version)
    In the Name of the Father
    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
    And the Band Played On
    Barry Lyndon

    There are a ton more but I'll stop with that.

    I love pretty much all Cowen brother dramas and Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will be Blood, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love). I can't wait for The Master to come out.

    Someone mentioned Cold Comfort Farm. I used to love that movie. They played it all the time on Cinemax. I haven't seen it in probably 15 years so I don't remember it that well. Immortal Beloved has always been a favorite of mine.



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    Another older one, was The Competition with Amy Irving.



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    So what are the opinions of The Piano? It was extremely difficult for me to watch and I'd never do it again.
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    The Katherine Hepburn movie about Venice is called Summertime, a glorious, romantic experience

    Galaxy Quest, sweet and funny. "Never Give Up, Never Surrender"

    Two not mentioned yet--

    Fluke, about a man reincarnated as a dog. Catch Samuel L. Jackson as the voice of Rumbo

    A Mighty Wind, a gentler effort from Chris Guest, with some suprisingly terrific music



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    I can not watch the Piano again either Fred...I second A Mighty Wind...very nice..I of course, being a "dog person" found "Best In Show" hysterical.



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    Ha! LOVED the Piano!! just can't account for taste!!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by vineyridge View Post
    So what are the opinions of The Piano? It was extremely difficult for me to watch and I'd never do it again.
    Hilariously dreadful. Hilariously pretentious.

    Holly Hunter's solipsistic, one-note performance was as annoying as Michael Nyman's 'score'. Anna Paquin shouted her way to an Oscar, then to a really dull career. And poor Sam Neill once again got the thankless role of the nice guy who gets painted as the villain.

    Every time the movie made the trudge back to the beach and that damn piano -- tromp tromp tromp, pull up Victorian skirts, tromp tromp tromp -- I was wanting to see the Peter Sellars/Blake Edwards version. Or the Monty Python sketch version, which would have been called The Bassoon.

    What's really funny is how Holly Hunter's role -- one of those Rainman/Forrest Gump deals in which an actor's self-absorption is such that they never really have to interact with anyone -- inspired other actors to seem similar starring roles. Does anyone remember the Jodie Foster howler Nell?



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    Quote Originally Posted by JER View Post
    Anna Paquin shouted her way to an Oscar, then to a really dull career.
    except for being Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood!!

    I love all the quirky British movies like Cold Comfort Farm ("I saw something in the woodshed..." ), Brassed Off, Waking Ned Devine, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel etc. Also love, love all the BBC mini-series like the Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth. I watch it every year at Christmas! Also the original Brideshead Revisted with Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews (who also starred in a great series called UXB).

    If you like British crime, a must watch are all the Prime Suspect mysteries with Helen Mirren playing a female Detective Inspector in a very male dominant police force.

    Someone mentioned "In Bruges" - what a great little film. Showed that Colin Farrell really can act - too bad he is often plagued by addiction demons.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Janeway View Post
    I love all the quirky British movies like Cold Comfort Farm
    Cold Comfort Farm was directed by John Schlesinger, and even though some of his movies were by no means small, anyone unfamiliar with his work should get busy on Netflix. Billy Liar, Darling, A Kind of Loving, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Far From the Madding Crowd, Midnight Cowboy, Marathon Man -- brilliant, innovative filmmaking all-around.



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    Quote Originally Posted by JER View Post
    Cold Comfort Farm was directed by John Schlesinger, and even though some of his movies were by no means small, anyone unfamiliar with his work should get busy on Netflix. Billy Liar, Darling, A Kind of Loving, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Far From the Madding Crowd, Midnight Cowboy, Marathon Man -- brilliant, innovative filmmaking all-around.
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    Damn!. Thanks, JER. I forgot "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" which is one of my favorite films of all time. I love the way it's constructed. It reminds me of what Virginia Woolf did in Mrs. Dalloway. Written by Penelope Gilliat, who was also a wonderful film critic in the Pauline Kael/Judith Crist mode. She got in some kind of professional scandal that seriously damaged her career and ending up drinking herself to death.

    My absolute favorite version of Cold Comfort Farm was the 1968 BBC version, but it isn't available on DVD. It's a bit more over the top, hilarious, and closer to the book than the later TV and Movie ones.

    LOVE John Schlesinger!

    Another British movie that I love is "The Fallen Idol." Directed by Carol Reed from a Graham Green story. It's a very well-constructed movie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MediaMD View Post
    Two thumbs up and a ditto for "Keeping Mum"...May I also suggest

    -- "Cold Comfort Farm" --a true GEM of a movie to watch over and over

    "Saving Grace" another British gem

    "Amelie" (probably another mentioned it and sorry for being redundant but it's wonderful)

    "Kinky Boots" and "Calendar Girls" and "Mrs. Hendersons Review"...are all true stories and just so so clever and heartwarming.

    Guess you can say I'm a fan of British films.

    The Australian film "Breaker Morant" is just terrific. Sad and also true.
    Another vote for "Saving Grace" and "Calendar Girls". Very sweet movies!

    Other foreign films that I always loved (but are older) are the french "L'Auberge Espagnol", "Indochine", "Manon of the Spring", the German "Run Lola Run" and "Mostly Martha" and the Chinese "Raise the Red Lantern". I also really loved the Japanese version of "Shall We Dance" that was remade in the US with Jennifer Lopez (BARF)

    I know that "Drive" with Ryan Gosling got a lot of critics attention, but I don't know how many people actually saw it. It was very good, reminded me quite a bit of "The Professional" which is also very good (although not sure that is considered a "small" film)



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    Quote Originally Posted by JER View Post
    Hilariously dreadful. Hilariously pretentious.

    Holly Hunter's solipsistic, one-note performance was as annoying as Michael Nyman's 'score'. Anna Paquin shouted her way to an Oscar, then to a really dull career. And poor Sam Neill once again got the thankless role of the nice guy who gets painted as the villain.

    Every time the movie made the trudge back to the beach and that damn piano -- tromp tromp tromp, pull up Victorian skirts, tromp tromp tromp -- I was wanting to see the Peter Sellars/Blake Edwards version. Or the Monty Python sketch version, which would have been called The Bassoon.

    What's really funny is how Holly Hunter's role -- one of those Rainman/Forrest Gump deals in which an actor's self-absorption is such that they never really have to interact with anyone -- inspired other actors to seem similar starring roles. Does anyone remember the Jodie Foster howler Nell?
    Hey, Liam Neeson was naked in that movie, so don't knock it!

    I saw The Piano with a couple of friends who loved it. I was like, WTF? Full retard, in the Tropic Thunder sense. Unwatchable.

    The Fallen Idol is a fantastic movie. Look for it on TCM.

    Also, The Train with Burt Lancaster. Dear Hollywood, REMAKE THIS MOVIE.
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    Calander Girls was a sweet movie for sure...of course I love Helen Mirren in anything at all.



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    Nell is a ripoff of The Return of Martin Guerre, isn't it? The latter is a movie definitely worth seeing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vineyridge View Post
    Nell is a ripoff of The Return of Martin Guerre, isn't it? The latter is a movie definitely worth seeing.
    No. You're thinking of Sommersby, which featured the return of Richard Gere.

    Nell is more like a ham-fisted remake of Werner Herzog's The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (a great, great film).

    Oh look, someone has managed to commemorate Nell's finer moments in Shit Nell Says.



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    Not sure if these have been mentioned, but:

    Ondine - Neil Jordan dabbles in not-quite-fantasy and, yes, it's Colin Farrell, but the girl playing his daughter steals the show.
    How to Get Ahead in Advertising (The end monologue is insane. Okay, the whole film is insane.)
    Good-bye, Lenin! - Really good German movie about a family recreating Communist East Berlin for their amnesiac mother.
    Leon: The Professional
    Adam Had Four Sons gets no credit, but it's really enjoyable and has aged very well.
    Potiche - recent French film starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu. Loved it.
    The Limey and The Hit - recentish movies with Terence Stamp gangster protagonists.
    The Life of David Gale - not sure it's "small," but it is mindblowing.
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